Vernon museum teams up with winter carnival for look back at city's cowboy beginnings

Waay back, at the ranch

The Greater Vernon Museum and Archives delves back in time for the upcoming Vernon Winter Carnival.

The theme of this year's carnival is Wild West, one which fits perfectly with Vernon's ranching history.

"Vernon began as a cow town," says museum engagement co-ordinator Gwyneth Evans, "so we have lots of artifacts, archival records, and stories that illustrate what life was like in Vernon's wild western days." 

The museum is participating in next month's carnival with a virtual trip back in time to those early frontier days. 

"Meanwhile... Back At The Ranch" will involve interpretive guides, special guests and musicians telling tales of life back on the early ranches of the valley through streaming video, on-location film clips, and multimedia displays.

You can learn more about the early relationships between settlers and the Syilx people.

"Find out about the Syilx and settler women who made this place home, and the fur brigadiers, gold rushers, cowboys, and bank robbers who made this place wild," says Evans.

The virtual event will take place via Zoom Feb. 9, 7 to 8:30 p.m. 

All are welcome to join, but as some difficult subject matter will be covered, the presentation is recommended for ages 14 and up.

Tickets are $10 (plus GST), and can be purchased on the Vernon Winter Carnival website

"The Winter Carnival committee has been fantastic to work with this year," says Evans. "I mean, they always are, but even more so this year. They have worked very hard to ensure that the carnival can proceed safely and in compliance with public health orders, to give us all a little bit of a respite from the routine of lockdown life."

Due to orders that may change, some carnival events may be cancelled or changed.

Meanwhile, you can still get tickets in carnival's raffle for a Polaris 800 Pro-RMK snowmobile plus $1,000 in gear from BDM Motorsports, valued at $16,000. 

Tickets are available here.

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